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The Other Typist

After finishing the jaw-dropping epilogue to this fast-paced and increasingly chill-inducing novel, I immediately Googled “The Other Typist ending,” and spent an hour reading a fascinating variety of theories about what actually happened. 

Although I’m still not sure, I do love when books and movies leave me thinking, and make me replay key scenes, trying to fit them together like pieces of a puzzle.

Suzanne Rindell’s debut effort takes place in 1920s Manhattan, where plain-Jane Rose Baker works as a stenographer for the New York City Police Department. Although she’s supposed to just be taking down the facts, it’s obvious that Rose has some strong opinions of her own. In other words, she may not be the most reliable narrator.

When the charismatic Odalie joins the typing pool, Rose becomes completely obsessed and allows herself to get sucked into a foreign and tempting world of speakeasies, jazz and alcohol. As the two women’s lives become more and more intertwined, I kept turning the pages faster and faster, breathlessly anticipating a neatly tied-up ending that, thankfully, never came.

Rindell perfectly captures Prohibition-era New York and the wide gap between social classes. I could practically feel the ocean spray outside the Montauk mansion in one world and smell the bathtub gin in the other. Transported into a world of bare bones boarding houses and opulent hotels, I could understand Rose’s loneliness, confusion and awe as she went from one to another.

The Other Typist is a unique and compelling story that you will want to talk about. I do. So when you choose it for your book club, please invite me!

I’m giving away a copy of The Other Typist to one lucky winner, who I hope will talk about the book with me. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below. Contest ends on April 13 at midnight Pacific time. Winner will be notified by return email, and prize can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.


  1. This sounds like a great book! I would love to win. I will be traveling soon and love to read on planes. I am currently reading the Divergent series.

  2. Sounds good, Lois. Add it to my ever-growing list!

  3. Sheila K. says:

    Sounds like a good read—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  4. Always looking for a great new read! Thanks for the opportunity to snag a copy!

  5. Mardene Abarbanell says:

    Nothing more satisfying than a well written story that makes you think. I would also love to have someone or many someones to discuss what I read.

  6. Sounds like a really interesting book. I would love to read it.

  7. Rae Louis says:

    I was a career typist and have an interest in the speakeasy era. I would love to read the book.

  8. Carolyn says:

    Always love to read an exciting debut novel. Thanks Lois.

  9. Susan Mayson says:

    How fun! This sounds like Gatsby-era with a little mystery thrown in! Got to put this one on my list!

  10. Sounds like a good book! I’d love to read it.

  11. Beverly says:

    Count me in to get this new book. I’m always on the lookout for good reads!

  12. a new good read??!!! always enticing. just finished “the goldfinch,” which was stunning. and have pick up another tc boyle book “friend of the earth.” he is always a compelling read.

  13. Nancy Martin says:

    I’m always looking for a page turner and love to talk books. Those special pages are some of my best friends

  14. Debbie Lindermuth says:

    I’d love a free copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  15. Neysa Whiteman, M.D. says:

    Count me in! I always love a great read!

  16. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Oh, I love a book like that! I have (forced) persuaded my husband to read a book when I’ve finished it because I need to discuss it.

  17. Pat Nissan says:

    Can’t wait to read the book! I may use it for a book club I am starting!

  18. mary tharp says:

    Sounds like a great book to read.

  19. MARY LOGADI says:

    It sounds innteresting! I ‘d love to read it!

  20. Susan Bailey says:

    Pick me and we will have a great conversation about “The Typist”!

  21. Sounds like an intriguing debut novel! Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Bee Pierce says:

    Sounds like a winner. Count me in please.

  23. You had me at Prohibition Era. Totally fascinated with that time period.

  24. Read the reviews on Goodreads. Wow!!! Please enter me to win.

  25. Lois, this book sounds fascinating, and I’m in a rut lately re-reading all of my beloved Star Trek novels, to the exclusion of all others. I need a refreshing change – please enter me to win!

  26. Amy bartley says:

    I’d love the chance to read this book. It sounds great.

  27. I’m always looking for something new & interesting to read, this sounds perfect 🙂

  28. I would love to read this book! I don’t get to read too many fiction novels, so I think I would really enjoy this one! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  29. Diane Hernandez says:

    I love books where the ending is unusual. The Other Typist sounds like a great read. Thanks for having the contest!

  30. Sounds like a great read! I’ll throw my name in the hat!

  31. This sounds like a book I could totally get into! I hope I win!

  32. Robert Halleck says:

    This book would look great on top of my Must Read stack.

  33. Ohhh…this sounds like a good one! Thanks, Lois!

  34. Rosemary says:

    Sounds like Gatsby from a female perspective. Thx for chance to win a copy.

  35. This sounds like a good book. I am always looking for book suggestions because I like to sit and read at the beach – and summer is coming quick!

  36. Jason F says:

    What a review. Looking forward to catching the story taking life on the pages.

  37. Sounds like a great story. I’d love to read it.

  38. Wow, that sounds like an intriguing read! I love books that keep me thinking about the characters and story after I’m finished reading.

  39. Always looking for good books, Lois you make it sound like a must read.

  40. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I have found myself doing the “Googling after reading a book” thing, sometimes we have such an urge to see what happened to certain characters.

  41. This sounds great! I will have to put it on my list!

  42. Books like that are always memorable, but they drive me sort of crazy puzzling over the end.

  43. This sounds like a great book. I love books that leave you wondering.

  44. Sound like a great read for my mom. Sharing!

  45. This sounds like I book that I would love! Adding to my ever growing reading list!

  46. This sounds like a really good book. I hope I win, because I would love to read it.

  47. Lois, the book sure does sound good, and I’m always up for a new read, but getting to talk about it with you sounds even better! You’re like a celebrity!

  48. Sounds Like My Type Of Read, I Can’t Wait To Get The Book, Thank You

  49. you had me hooked when you had to look up other endings. now i need to read!

  50. Sounds like a really great story. Will add to my reading list.

  51. Sounds like my kind of book! Love a great page-turner novel.

  52. I think that this is a book I would enjoy after reading about it. Thanks.

  53. This sounds like a book I would love to read!!
    Can not wait for the lazy days of Easter vacation so I can curl up with a new book.
    Thanks again!

  54. The more I hear and read about this book the more interesting it sounds.

  55. Oh, a head scratcher! It’s been a while since I had a book like that. Movies do it to me all the time. It sounds like a SUPER good one!

  56. Sounds like a good book! I am always looking for great recommendations! Thanks for sharing.

  57. Sounds like a fun read. I have always liked historical fiction.

  58. Ohkayohkay says:

    Hi From a fan of Marni”s at Jenny’s! Yes, I’d love the book, as I’d recommend it to my book club asap after reading it! Their opinions can be shared with you! Woohoo!

  59. As a YA author myself, I love it when books make me stop and really think. There are so many that are just superficial, light reads, that it is exciting to get a little something extra. – Katy

  60. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I just finish Gone Girl and am looking for something else to read. I love relaxing to a good book before bed. Thanks. 🙂

  61. I’ve never heard of this book but your description of it as fast paced and chill-inducing sounds like my kind of book!

  62. We’re traveling and i wish I could read in the car! i’d totally pick this up.

  63. Pam Flynn says:

    Boy do I ever need a great new book to read and this looks fantaboulous!

  64. I need great reads for the summer and this looks promising. Thanks for the giveaway!

  65. Sounds like a great read. Im going to add it to my long list.

  66. I also like books that make me think and rethink as I try to understand and figure out what was going on. It is a thrill to find a good book!

  67. I love historical pieces – sounds like a great read!

  68. This is perfect! I’ve been getting into the Prohibition era recently since I started watching Boardwalk Empire. I’d love this!

  69. Sarah DYer says:

    Sounds like a great book…

  70. It sounds like a great book. It is my turn to suggest and present a book to my book club…this may be the one. Look forward to discussing it with you.

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